Welcome to our virtual service!
We’re really glad you can join us for this service. Everything you need for the service is on this webpage. Simply press the play button on the live stream below. You might like to print out the service sheet below and if you have children under the age of 14 with you – there are activities for them which you can also download below.
This week’s service should be streaming live from 10:30 and can be accessed here. It is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. If you’re viewing on a phone or tablet, you may need to use headphones to access the sound.
WELCOME by Richard Elliot
Grace unmeasured vast and free that knew me from eternity;
that called me out before my birth to bring you glory on this earth.
Grace amazing, pure and deep that saw me in my misery;
that took my curse and owned my blame so I could bear your righteous name.
Grace (grace, grace) paid for my sins and brought me to life.
Grace (grace, grace) clothes me with power to do what is right.
Grace (grace, grace) will lead me to heaven where I’ll see your face,
and never cease to thank You for your grace.
Grace abounding, strong and true that makes me long to be like you;
that turns me from my selfish pride to love the cross on which you died.
Grace unending all my days, you’ll give me strength to run this race.
And when my years on earth are through, the praise will all belong to you.
We are introduced to our preacher Sam Strain!
I’m going to trust in God
I’m going to trust in Jesus
without shame and without fear.
I’m going to fix my eyes
on the hope of glory
for his day is drawing near.
How great is the love of God,
how steady is his hand
to guide me through this world.
And though I’m weak in him I stand
and you will hear me say today in faith,
“I’m going to trust in God.”
Now when the cares of life
and my heart is sinking down
I’m going to lift my hands
to the One who’ll help me,
to the One who holds my crown.
The children can now leave for their groups, those who haven’t yet started school for ‘Pebbles’, and those up to age 14 for ‘Roborip’.
PRAYERS led by Brian Davies
Only by grace can we enter, only by grace can we stand;
not by our human endeavour, but by the blood of the Lamb.
Into your presence you call us, you call us to come.
Into your presence you draw us, and now by your grace we come,
now by your grace we come.
Lord, if you mark our transgressions who could stand?
Thanks to your grace we are cleansed by the blood of the lamb. (repeat)
BIBLE READING by Claire Coleman
1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7 The men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened.
BIBLE TALK by Sam Strain
To God be the glory, great things He has done.
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son
who yielded His life an atonement for sin
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice.
Come to the Father through Jesus the Son
Give Him the glory; great things He has done.
Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God.
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son.
But purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our worship when Jesus we see.
Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.